★ SYNOPSIS ★
Crown Prince Nicholas Lytton was never supposed to be ruler of Callanos. He was the “spare to the heir,” pursuing a decadent life of the rich and royal—extreme sports, physical pleasures, and glorious irresponsibility. Until his brother died. Now Nick is to be coronated king, and no one believes he’s ready.
The best way to secure his crown is to do the unthinkable…find a queen.
While Isabel Reynolds works in the palace gardens, she has no desire to draw the attention of the way-too-flirty, would-be king. For she’s not the woman everyone thinks she is. Even if she wanted—or was tempted by—the promise of love, it would only end in disaster. Because while Isabel may be able to catch a king, her secrets would only destroy him…
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★ MY REVIEW ★
The Prince’s Runaway Lover is number 7 in the Men of Zodiac series that is published by Entangled Publishing. The wonderful thing about these book is that they can be read completely as standalones. The Prince’s Runaway Lover does have a happy ending and there is certainly no cliffhanger.
You know, sometimes I go into these books thinking, what a cheesy title… but then hey, I’m reading the book and I’m enjoying it! In some cases however, I don’t think a title fits a book well enough, or does it enough justice. That is the case with The Prince’s Runaway Lover. It implies a physical running away from said prince, which didn’t ever happen. Even metaphorically, it didn’t hit it nail on the head for me. It came down to an inner monologue to show what the actual running was.
The above being said, I felt the book was a very solid read. It is well written, doesn’t lag out and I never felt those awkward moments you can sometimes have when reading a book. I liked the characters, they were engaging. I also liked the situations they were thrown into and how they added weight to the plot. You won’t find random things throw into this plot just to have them there.
As for our main characters, I’m not sure who I like more. Usually I have a definite like of one over the other and I find it hard to pick with this book. Neither stands out over the other, both have issues that aren’t something you can sneeze at.
At first I sat here going, “Oh boy… we are going to have a full of himself prince on our hands who is spoiled and always gets his way.”. Can I just stop right now and say I’m sorry for even thinking that? You meet Nick in a very compromising position and due to that, I was thinking it would set the tone for his attitude, thinking he was a playboy who has nothing in his head. I was so wrong. He’s expected to take over his country after his brother, the king, dies. Mind you, his father is still alive, however, he also has Alzheimers so this is absolutely no way for him to take back over. Nick holds it together, puts on a pretty strong front, but he’s grieving. He’s just lost his best friend, and he can’t turn to his father for advice on what to do. This is while he’s going people vying for his throne and trying to say he’s not fit to rule due to his past. He has to find his own to feet and put down his foot on a few things but basically, he has to figure out how to rule -his- way, not the way everyone else “advises” him to, or expects him to. It causes a lot of commotion.
Isabel has secrets, or just one huge one in particular that could ruin everything. She doesn’t stay in one place long, and she has absolutely no contact with her family. The only person she has is her sister, and she can’t just pick up the phone and call her. When I delved into this character, and the more I found out about her, the more I felt for her. She has a huge heart and tries to protect everyone she cares for. Isabel ends up working at the palace as a gardening assistant. She loves plants, growing them and figuring out how to lay a garden out. What she was not expecting was Nick. For months, she’s been running with him every single morning, and at first she had no clue who he was. Once she figured it out, she just kept at it, but they never talked.
So for six months, they would meet every morning, run, and then part ways. Nick doesn’t even know her name, but he’s intrigued. Isabel is all about keeping her distance from him, he could unravel her secrets.
“I’m just a guy trying to get a girl to notice him.” – Nick, The Prince’s Runaway Lover by Robin Covington
What did I like most about this pair? They “saw” each other, behind the title and the secrets and all the political mumbo jumbo flying around them, they just saw the person on the inside. She’s so much more then the gardening assistant and he’s so much more than just a title.
“People only give a damn when I’m interested in a woman beyond mere friendship, and that is why they would give a damn about you, Isabel, because I am interested in you far beyond the boundaries of friendship.” – Nick, The Prince’s Runaway Lover by Robin Covington
Obviously, things are not going to stay ideal and perfect, but these two pull through amazingly when put to the test. I loved that!
All in all, it’s a very solid three star read for me. I would recommend it to anyone actually, if you can get past the title of the book. 😉 It’s well worth the read, and it’s different for the usual trope about a girl and a prince.